80 Greatest Stoic Quotes To Inspire And Motivate You

Looking for some powerful stoic quotes? We have rounded up the best collection of stoic quotes, sayings, captions (with images, pictures, wallpapers) by the big three of Stoicism: Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus and others. Learn the wisdom of life from the Stoics about life, love, death, anger, change, calm, peace, and more.

Stoicism was one of the new philosophical movements of the Hellenistic period. The four virtues of Stoicism focuses on: courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control. It also teaches that our suffering is only a perception or interpretation of circumstances, rather than reality.

It teaches that endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint. Don’t forget to read our deep thinking quotes and sayings about life.

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Find below a selection of our powerful Stoic quotes.  If you are new to the philosophy, we invite you to read our introduction to Stoicism article. We have categorized the posts in the following sections;

  • Best Stoic Quotes
  • Marcus Aurelius Stoic Quotes
  • Seneca Stoic Quotes
  • Epictetus Stoic Quotes

Best Stoic Quotes And Sayings

  1. “To be even minded is the greatest virtue.”- Heraclitus                                                                     
    Stoic Quotes
    Stoic Quotes

  2. “He has the most who is content with the least.”- Diogenes

  3. “Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.” – Seneca

  4. “The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”- Seneca

  5. “It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it.”- Seneca

  6. “To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.”- Zen proverb                               
    Best Stoic Quotes
    Best Stoic Quotes

  7. “Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”- Zeno of Citium

  8. “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.”- James Allen

  9. “Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.”- Epictetus                                                                                                       
    Daily Stoic Quotes
    Daily Stoic Quotes

  10. “Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.” – Marcus Aurelius

  11. “The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say. Or think, or do. Only what you do.”- Marcus Aurelius                                                                             
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    Stoic Philosophy Quotes

  12. “Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside.” – Marcus Aurelius

  13. “Define for me now what the “indifferents” are. Whatever things we cannot control. Tell me the upshot. They are nothing to me.” – Epictetus

  14. “Things stand outside of us, themselves by themselves, neither knowing anything of themselves nor expressing any judgment.” – Marcus Aurelius                   
    Marcus Aurelius stoic quotes
    Marcus Aurelius stoic quotes

  15. “Plato has a fine saying, that he who would discourse of man should survey, as from some high watchtower, the things of earth.” – Marcus Aurelius

  16. “Let us meet with bravery whatever may befall us. Let us never feel a shudder at the thought of being wounded or of being made a prisoner, or of poverty or persecution.” – Seneca

  17. “Asia and Europe: distant recesses of the universe. The ocean: a drop of water. Mount Athos: a molehill. The present: a split second in eternity. Minuscule, transitory, insignificant.” – Marcus Aurelius

  18. “Floods will rob us of one thing, fire of another. These are conditions of our existence which we cannot change. What we can do is adopt a noble spirit, such a spirit as befits a good person, so that we may bear up bravely under all that fortune sends us and bring our wills into tune with nature’s.” – Seneca

  19. “[It is] like seeing roasted meat and other dishes in front of you and suddenly realizing: This is a dead fish. A dead bird. A dead pig. Or that this noble vintage [wine] is rotted grapes… perceptions like that… latching onto things and piercing through them, to see what they really are… to strip away the legend that encrusts them.” – Marcus Aurelius

  20. “You can discard most of the junk that clutters your mind…and clear out space for yourself… by comprehending the scale of the world… by contemplating infinite time… by thinking of the speed with which things change — each part of every thing; the narrow space between our birth and death; the infinite time before; the equally unbounded time that follows.” – Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Stoic Quotes

  1. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” – Marcus Aurelius

  2. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” – Marcus Aurelius

  3. “If it is not right, do not do it, if it is not true, do not say it.” – Marcus Aurelius                                                                  

  4. “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be One.” – Marcus Aurelius                                                                                                                             
    Famous Stoic Quotes
    Famous Stoic Quotes

  5. “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – Marcus Aurelius

  6. “You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius                                                                                         
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    Stoicism Quotes

  7. “External thinks are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.” – Marcus Aurelius

  8. “Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been.” – Marcus Aurelius

  9. “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.” – Marcus Aurelius

  10. “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” – Marcus Aurelius

  11. “It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” – Marcus Aurelius

  12. “Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.” – Marcus Aurelius

  13. “Whatever happens to you has been waiting to happen since the beginning of time. The twining strands of fate wove both of them together.” – Marcus Aurelius

  14. “It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.” – Marcus Aurelius

  15. “If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.” – Marcus Aurelius

  16. “I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.” – Marcus Aurelius

  17. “If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone.” – Marcus Aurelius

  18. “In your actions, don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts, don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.” – Marcus Aurelius

  19. “Time is like a river made up of the events which happen, and a violent stream; for as soon as a thing has been seen, it is carried away, and another comes in its place, and this will be carried away too.” – Marcus Aurelius

  20. “Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?” – Marcus Aurelius

Greatest Seneca Stoic Quotes

  1. “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca                                                     
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    Stoic Quote Of The Day

  2. “It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters.” – Seneca

  3. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. ” – Seneca

  4. “The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.” – Seneca

  5. “If a man knows not which port he sails, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca

  6. “How does it help…to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them?” – Seneca

  7. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man without trials.” – Seneca

  8. “He who fears death will never do anything worth of a man who is alive.” – Seneca

  9. “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

  10. “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”- Seneca

  11. “As long as you live, keep learning how to live. to err is human, but to persist (in the mistake) is diabolical.” – Seneca

  12. “It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” – Seneca

  13. “If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.” – Seneca

  14. “This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death.” – Seneca

  15. “Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”- Seneca

  16. “No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca

  17. “People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy.” – Seneca

  18. “I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

  19. “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.” – Seneca

  20. “Cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, never to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases, treating her as if she were actually going to do everything it is in her power to do. Whatever you have been expecting for some time comes as less of a shock.” – Seneca

Powerful Epictetus Stoic Quotes

  1. “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” – Epictetus                                                                             
    Epictetus Stoic Quotes
    Epictetus Stoic Quotes

  2. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

  3. “Anything or anyone capable of angering you becomes your master.” – Epictetus

  4. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus

  5. “How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus

  6. “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus

  7. “We should always be asking ourselves: “Is this something that is, or is not, in my control?” – Epictetus

  8. “Curb your desire—don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need.” – Epictetus

  9. “Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person.” – Epictetus

  10. “Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will—then your life will flow well.” – Epictetus

  11. “Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.” – Epictetus

  12. “No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.”- Epictetus

  13. “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, ‘He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would have not mentioned these alone.’” – Epictetus

  14. “If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: ‘He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned’.” – Epictetus

  15. “That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” – Epictetus

  16. “Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man’s task. ” – Epictetus

  17. “Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror, but it is not accomplished without sweat.” – Epictetus

  18. “Take a lyre player: he’s relaxed when he performs alone, but put him in front of an audience, and it’s a different story, no matter how beautiful his voice or how well he plays the instrument. Why? Because he not only wants to perform well, he wants to be well received — and the latter lies outside his control. ” – Epictetus

  19. “It’s something like going on an ocean voyage. What can I do? Pick the captain, the boat, the date, and the best time to sail. But then a storm hits… What are my options? I do the only thing I am in a position to do, drown — but fearlessly, without bawling or crying out to God, because I know that what is born must also die. ” – Epictetus

  20. “The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…” – Epictetus

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